COLUMBUS — Eleven Civitas Media newspapers across Ohio won 31 awards Sunday in the annual Ohio Associated Press Media Editors newspaper competition.
First, second and third place awards in various categories were handed out in a ceremony held in Columbus.
In all, 67 daily newspapers submitted 2,084 entries in the contest, which featured news and sports stories, features, editorials, columns, graphics and photos from 2016.
Civitas Media winners from the Wilmington News Journal as well as the surrounding area were:
Division I (Daily circulation up to 7,999)
Best Headline Writer – Second place, Tom Barr, Wilmington News Journal.
Best Public Service – First place, Tom Barr, Matt Louallen and Jayla Wallingford, Wilmington News Journal. “Honor Flight Section.” Judges commented, “An amazing job to do something so memorable for these veterans, who are most deserving. Tremendous work.”
Best Columnist – Second place, Gary Abernathy, The (Hillsboro) Times-Gazette.
Best Sports Enterprise – First place, John Bombatch, Xenia Daily Gazette, “Following Grace Norman Through the Olympics.”
Best Investigative Reporting – First place, Gary Abernathy, The (Hillsboro) Times-Gazette. “The Mayor Drew Hastings Case.”
Division IV (Daily circulation of 19,000 to 59,999)
Best Full Page Design – Second place, Amanda Vanness, Director of Pagination & Copy Editing, Wilmington, and Jim Krumel, The Lima News. “Cleveland Indians: 2016 American League Champs.”